23 Мар, 2021

Statement by the Russian Foreign Minister at the talks in China

Russia and China can reduce sanctions risks by strengthening financial independence, in particular by moving away from the use of payment systems controlled by the West, said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“You see how the United States declares its task to limit the technological development opportunities of both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Therefore, we need to reduce sanctions risks by strengthening our technological independence, by moving to settlements in national currencies and in world currencies alternative to the dollar. We need to move away from the use of international payment systems controlled by the West, ”he said.

Hackers demanded a ransom from Acer

The hackers have demanded that the well-known Taiwanese computer company Acer pay them tens of millions in ransom. We are talking about $ 50 million. This is the amount the attackers estimated the files stolen from the company. The hackers emphasized that they had at their disposal financial statements and other documents of Acer.

Russian summer residents were reminded of new fines

from 2021, new fire safety standards have been introduced for residents of SNT. This was reported by the Prime agency with reference to Oleksiy Petropolskiy, General Director of the Urvista law firm. According to him, practically from the moment the snow cover melts until the beginning of winter, it is impossible to burn a fire on the site at a wind speed of more than 10 meters per second, and the distance from the fireplace to the nearest buildings should be at least 30 meters.

“We all understand, given that our land plots are mainly from 6 to 12 acres, that it is physically impossible to fulfill this requirement,” he said.

The lawyer recalled that according to the new rules, the diameter of the fire pit should be less than one meter, and the depth — from 30 centimeters.

Russia plans to launch its digital currency

Moscow is discussing the future of the Russian financial market until 2030, according to the Russia 24 TV channel. The Ministry of Finance is now preparing the corresponding development strategy, the head of the ministry Anton Siluanov noted that the world is now changing very quickly, cash flows are being redirected taking into account modern trends. Among them are green technologies, active digitalization and cryptocurrencies, the head of the department said.

«We are planning to launch our own digital currency. Costs will be reduced, the possibility of concluding smart contracts will be simplified. In this area, we are in an absolute trend,» Siluanov said.

Russians will pay tax for transferring money from card to card.

Certain card transactions are subject to taxation. The obligation to pay personal income tax arises if the funds are credited to the account as payment for goods, services, remuneration for labor duties or under civil contracts, the FTS specifies.

The service noted that funds received as a transfer from family members and close relatives are not recognized as income. The income received from any natural person as a gift is not subject to taxation.

Real wages in Russia fell by almost 30% in January 2021

Real accrued wages in Russia in January 2021 decreased by 28.9% compared to the previous December, and in annual terms increased by 0.1%. Such data are cited in the Rosstat report «On the socio-economic situation in Russia» published on March 19.

China closes its market for Russian commodity companies

Chinese leader Xi Jinping proclaimed a course to reduce the consumption of hydrocarbons from 2030 and then achieve full carbon neutrality by 2060. This is stated in an article published the day before in Nezavisimaya Gazeta. It emphasizes that in this perspective, Russia may lose its largest buyer of fossil fuels.

Detentions of governors in recent years:

  • The governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergey Furgal was arrested in July 2020 in the case of organizing contract killings, he faces life in prison
  • The head of Udmurtia, Alexander Soloviev, was arrested in April 2017 on charges of accepting bribes worth more than 139 million rubles, he was sentenced to 10 years with a fine of 275 million rubles
  • Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh in June 2016 was detained red-handed while receiving a bribe in one of the capital’s restaurants, he was sentenced to 8 years in a strict regime colony
    In September 2015, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation suppressed the activities of the criminal community headed by the head of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and a fine of 160 million rubles
  • The Governor of the Sakhalin Region, Alexander Khoroshavin, was detained in March 2015 in a corruption case, he was sentenced to 13 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 500 million rubles

Another collection of expensive wristwatches

The investigation believes that the detained Governor of the Penza Region Ivan Belozertsev received a bribe from the chairman of the board of directors of the Biotek group of companies Boris Shpigel, as well as from the director of OJSC Pharmacy, Anton Koloskov, in the form of an expensive watch, a Mercedes car, the bulk of it — in the form of money — source TASS

The governor of the Penza region and other defendants in the case do not admit guilt in corruption — a source of Interfax

Turkey and social media:

  • in July, a law was passed, according to which social networks with more than 1 million Turkish users must open a representative office in Turkey
  • the representative office must be headed by a Turkish citizen
  • all Turkish customer data must be stored in Turkey
  • posts deemed offensive and defamatory by the Turkish authorities must be removed without a court decision within 48 hours
  • for violation of the law, sanctions are provided in the form of traffic slowdown and large fines
  • social networks ignored the new rules, but in November a Turkish court fined Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Periscope and TikTok $ 1.2 million each — and in January Facebook and Instagram complied and appointed representatives in Turkey
  • Twitter remained silent and authorities banned local companies from posting ads there — now it has opened an office in Turkey and Twitter
    Trump decided to create his own social network

He plans to attract tens of millions of users to his platform, said adviser to the ex-president Jason Miller.

“I think the social network will become the most popular and completely change the rules of the game. Everyone will wait and see what exactly President Trump is doing. «

After the storming of the Capitol by supporters of Trump, Twitter irrevocably deleted his account, which was followed by about 90 million users. Facebook and Instagram temporarily froze the pages of the former US president.

Russia entered the top 5 countries in the world in terms of growth in housing prices in 2020

In 2020, housing prices in Russia increased by 14% on average — this is the fourth result in the world! Prices rose the most in Turkey (30.3%). They grew by 18.6% in New Zealand, by 16% in Slovakia — and here we are, in 4th place, even Luxembourg surpassed (+ 13.6%). Outside the top 5, the numbers immediately become lower: prices for residential real estate in Poland, the United States and Peru have increased by a little over 10 percent each.

Bastrykin declared the need to punish all Nazi criminals «

All Nazi criminals must be identified and condemned, and in case of death, their names and crimes must be made public, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

«Everyone who is involved in inhuman treatment of the population, genocide, murder of civilians and prisoners of war should be identified and condemned, and in case of death, their names and crimes should be made public,» he said.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a case on the genocide of the peoples of the USSR

The Investigative Committee of Russia decided to combine the criminal cases on the atrocities of the Nazis against the civilian population into one — the genocide of the peoples of the USSR, the head of the RF IC, Alexander Bastrykin, said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Criminal cases on mass killings in the area of ​​the village of Zhestyanaya Gorka, Novgorod Region, on punitive operations by members of the SS-10 «a» Sonderkommando to destroy Soviet citizens in the Yeisk orphanage, where more than 200 children were killed, as well as on the circumstances of the destruction of people who were held in former concentration camps in the village of Moglino of the Pskov region and in the area of ​​Simferopol and the facts of mass killings of civilians in the Rostov region in 1942, where more than 30 thousand people were shot near the village of Zmiyovskaya Balka, the city of Shakhty and in the Morozovsky district.

The most undisciplined borrowers in Russia

The Collectors Association named RIA Novosti the most undisciplined borrowers in Russia:

  • 25% of overdue debtors are people from the service sector, for example, managers, waiters, cooks, maids, realtors, holiday hosts, tour guides
  • 18-20% are office professionals and trade workers.
  • another 10% — from the construction sector.
  • the most responsible are pensioners (3%), employees of financial organizations themselves (3%), officers (1.5%), doctors (2%) and teachers (1%).

Rosreestr reported that unknown persons on his behalf are sending letters to the Russians

Rosreestr reported that unknown persons on his behalf are sending letters to Russians about the need to register their apartments in the Unified State Register of Real Estate. The department stated that it does not send such letters and that registration of previously arisen rights to real estate is carried out only at the request of the owner — it urged to be vigilant and not to fall for the tricks of fraudsters.

Kiev disagrees with Moscow’s new proposals on Donbass

«We are concerned about the approach demonstrated by the Russian side to these important issues, as well as the manipulative nature of the conclusions proposed by Mr. Kozak. Accordingly, under no circumstances can we agree with the proposals contained in his letter dated 03.19.2021,» office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak, which is quoted by the publication «Ukrainian Truth».

Controlled burnout of gas processing products completed

On the surface of the Ob River in the area of ​​the SiburTyumenGaz gas product pipeline, where the accident occurred on March 6, the controlled burnout of gas processing products ended. The conducted studies of water samples from different points of the Ob River downstream of the product pipeline did not reveal any excess of MPC for hydrocarbons. The issue of either repairing the product pipeline or building a new line is being resolved now. Sibur company reports


Average retail prices for gasoline in Russia

Average retail prices for AI-92 gasoline in Russia from March 15 to 19, 2021 increased by 14 kopecks. compared to the previous week and amounted to 44.83 rubles. per liter. The cost of AI-95 gasoline increased by 11 kopecks. and amounted to 48.21 rubles. per liter. Diesel fuel has risen in price by 5 kopecks, to 49.48 rubles. per liter, according to data from Thomson Reuters Kortes.

Chinese Foreign Ministry threatened EU with further harsh sanctions

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has threatened the EU with further harsh sanctions if it does not stop lecturing Beijing on human rights. Earlier, Beijing imposed sanctions on 10 parliamentarians, academics and four organizations from the European Union in response to sanctions for violations of rights in Xinjiang.

The EU imposed sanctions in connection with the persecution of representatives of the LGBT community in Chechnya.

Among those included in the sanctions list are the Deputy Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic, the commander of the Terek unit Abuzaid Vismuradov and the ex-chief of police in the city of Argun Ayub Kataev.

An all-terrain vehicle like Putin can be bought.

An all-terrain vehicle like Putin’s can be bought for 4.8 million rubles. This is the minimum cost of the Swedish snow and swamp-going vehicles Hagglunds BV-206 «Los», in one of which the Russian president took a ride in the taiga. In the Alliance of Companies «East-West», which assembles such machines, the publication «Rise» was told that they had previously noticed Putin driving their model.

“We have already seen that Putin was driving such an all-terrain vehicle. This all-terrain vehicle is Swedish. They removed him from service in 96-97, and he also met in the NATO troops. Then it was easier to import them into Russia, and military coloring, khaki is typical for those all-terrain vehicles that came to Russia from long-term storage warehouses in Sweden, Germany, England. The place where Putin rested apparently has this technique in his arsenal. Our renovation all-terrain vehicle of this model costs from 4 million 800 thousand rubles. Everything else is additional equipment, we can at least upholstery with carpets from the inside at the request of the client. «

Prigozhin appealed to the TFR with a request to open a criminal case against Joe Biden.

The businessman said that he was «preparing to be kidnapped» by US citizens as part of an organized criminal group, the press service of the Concord company reports. The document says that the US authorities «are pursuing the goal of kidnapping» Prigozhin and «depriving him of his freedom illegally under a far-fetched pretext.» The businessman also demanded to initiate a case against the heads of the FBI and CIA.

Earlier, the FBI again published information about the search for Russian citizens in the case of «interference in the elections» in 2016, Prigozhin is also on the list.

Statement of the editorial board of «Open Media»

The journalistic staff of the «Open Media» publication demands to stop pressure on our employees. Since the end of last year, the authors of the most resonant publications, mainly anti-corruption investigations, have been pursued by unknown persons, their mails and accounts on different platforms have been hacked, and false facts about their relatives have been published.

The authors of Open Media are professional journalists who try to comply with generally accepted media standards for collecting data and verifying information, the heroes of our publications always have the opportunity to comment on information about themselves — to refute or correct them. We stand for a peaceful dialogue with representatives of any ideology — within the legal framework, and we demand the same attitude towards ourselves. If the pressure on our authors does not stop, we will contact the law enforcement agencies.

Interior Ministry: the identity of the security officer who hit Yudina has not yet been established

The Interior Ministry has not yet identified the security officer who kicked the woman in the stomach at the January 23 rally in St. Petersburg. This is stated in the response of the department, which was received by «Team 29». The response also states that the employee should only apologize if his actions are found illegal.

Recall that on January 23, Margarita Yudina was hit in the stomach by a policeman: she fell on the asphalt and received a head injury, as well as a concussion. A 55-year-old woman was taken to intensive care, but a day later she was transferred to a regular ward, a police officer was allowed to apologize to the camera

The Ministry of Internal Affairs refused to open a criminal case due to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny

The refusal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to initiate a criminal case became known at a court session, which was considering a complaint by the FBK against a similar refusal by the Main Military Investigation Department (GVSU).

“The court requested the investigating bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for transport in the Tomsk region. The response says that the investigation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out an inspection on the fact of Navalny’s hospitalization, during which a decision was made to refuse to initiate a criminal case, which was notified to the applicant’s side, that is, Navalny himself, «said Judge Andrei Tolkachenko.

Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the United States rejected Putin’s offer

We state with regret that the American side did not support the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a conversation with US President George Biden on March 19 or 22 of this year. in the format of a videoconference in an open mode to discuss the accumulated bilateral problems, as well as topics of strategic stability. Another opportunity has been missed to find a way out of the impasse that has formed through Washington’s fault in Russian-American relations. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the United States.

Bulgaria expelled two Russian diplomats over spy scandal

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry declared two diplomats from Russia persona non grata and gave them 72 hours to leave the country, bTV reports, citing a statement from the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier on March 22, the Bulgarian prosecutor’s office reported that two Russian diplomats were conducting intelligence activities incompatible with diplomatic status.

Putin agreed to transfer the functions of a representative to the ECHR to the Prosecutor General’s Office

Vladimir Putin agreed to transfer powers to the Prosecutor General’s Office to represent Russia’s interests before the ECHR and other international courts and arbitration tribunals. Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov wrote a letter to the President with such a proposal, and Vladimir Putin left a resolution “I agree” on the letter.

In his address, the Prosecutor General noted that Russian and foreign entrepreneurs, including the former head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Ukrainian billionaires Igor Kolomoisky and Rinat Akhmetov, as well as «individual states» are conducting «legal aggression against our state.»

Every year, people die because of the incomprehensible handwriting of doctors.

The incomprehensible handwriting of doctors kills more than 7,000 people, and mistakes with medicines harm 1.5 million patients every year. And these are just statistics for the United States, which are provided by the National Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

The Inselspital clinic in Berne also shared the results of their research. It says that the incomprehensible handwriting of doctors is the cause of death for 25% of patients, and in 4% of cases, the handwriting was frankly unreadable.